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Summary: Toot's postcards describing his adventures leave Puddles and cousin Opal feeling that their world isn't quite as beautiful as Wildest Borneo. But when Toots returns home, life becomes truly exotic, with lessons to be shared by all. This is a picture book series where life's lessons unveil themselves through adventures and friendship.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 3.8
Age of Child: Started reading with 4 year old child.
Young Reader Reaction: "Let's read THAT again." The idea of a blue pig (not to mention some exotic boars) was too intriguing to let go after the first read.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun story, not unlike the style of Giggle, Giggle, Quack. The illustrations are wonderful and make it easy for parents to withstand the repeated readings.
Pros: The story is sweet, the illustrations offer humor for young and old, and young listeners will find it a nice "I did it" book when they later learn to read (having nearly memorized it!)
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a fun read that can be brought to life--and push kids' imaginations--in lots of ways.
Educational Themes: You can use this book as a platform for exploring other cultures or nature; propel the kids to create their own "exotic" world, open discussions about problem solving, or you can enjoy it for the story of friendship that it is.
Notes: The Reading Tub™ read this book prior to its September release.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, picture book series, friendship